Calendar of Events: Oct. 2 edition

Wednesday, Oct. 2


Albright College will present a variety of lectures, film, music and other events on campus in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Klein Lecture Hall, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Challenges and Solutions,” which is about challenges facing Reading and some solutions panelists are working on. Panelists will include Michael Toledo, executive director of Centro Hispano; Lenin Agudo, director of economic development for the City of Reading; Ineavelle Ruiz, who works with Centro Hispano and Berks Women in Crisis; Elaine Rafucci, early childhood literacy coordinator at Centro Hispano; and Gabriela Raful, attorney and long-time Reading activist.

Friday, Oct. 4


It is again time to save the date for the “A Smile From Jason Foundation” 8th Annual Tournament this year. It will be held at the Reading Country Club, Friday, Oct. 4.

We will be handling all the registrations online on our site.

To Register for the Golf outing or for the Dinner afterwards, please go to the Golf Outing and Dinner Page. This year we will be using an online registration system .If you would like to donate any items or services to the Silent auction that is part of the Golf Outing Dinner, please go to the Silent Auction Page and fill out the Silent Auction Form.

With the funds we raised this past fall, ASFJF has been able to donate funds to the Shady Hollow Assisted Riding Stables and awarded 14 children full scholarships for Assisted Riding. We’ve contributed Aaron’s Acres, a Day Camp for special needs children, along with Creative Health Services “Sibshop,” an outreach program to enable siblings of special needs children to interact with one another for support. Thank you all for supporting “A Smile From Jason Foundation.”

Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5


Eight wineries along the Berks County Wine Trail, including Manatawny Creek Winery (Douglassville), Bashore & Stoudt Country Winery (Shartlesville), Blair Vineyards (Kutztown), Calvaresi Winery (Bernville), Clover Hill Winery (Robesonia), Kog Hill Winery (Morgantown), Long Trout Winery (Auburn), and Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Kutztown), will host an Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Weekend. Event takes place noon to 5 p.m. both days, ticketholders can plan a self-guided tour of this unique wine trail during this event weekend. Tickets can be purchased directly from any of the eight Berks County Wine Trail wineries or online at or

Saturday, Oct. 5


Come support a great cause! Tri-County Chiropractic is having their annual Fall Fest to on Oct. 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will be held at Tri-County Chiropractic at 990 East Benjamin Franklin Highway, Douglassville. There will be food sampling and Gift Basket/Certificate raffles and a Chinese Auction.

There will be chair massage, free postural analysis, spinal screening, and scoliosis screening. There will be Next Level Martial Arts demonstration as well as Outshine Dance demonstration. Everyone is welcome to come get to know your local businesses and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds will be donated to the Relay for Life 2014!


As part of Albright College’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, international spoken word artist and award-winning poet Gabriela Garcia Medina will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Campus Center Main Lounge.


October kicks off with a revisit to the growing national celebration “Star Wars Reads” Day at the Mifflin Community Library. This program explores characters and themes from the popular saga at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, There will be fun activities and great giveaways. Kids should register for the program, and everyone is welcome to come in costume.

Sunday, Oct. 6


There will be an “All You Can Eat” breakfast buffet at the Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Rd., Geigertown from 7 to 11 a.m. For more information call 610-286-6481. The fire company needs and appreciates your support.

Saturday, Oct. 12


Number Nine, Pennsylvania’s premiere all-Beatles band, will perform at from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Inn at St. Peter’s Village, 3471 St. Peter’s Road, St. Peters.

“We don’t try to be the Beatles…we’re just five guys from Berks County who enjoy performing Beatles music.”

Saturday, Oct 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13


The 2013 Hay Creek Apple Festival will take place over two days! For over 30 years, parents have made this area event a family tradition beginning with those great traditional foods, seasonal hands-on crafts for kids, family scarecrow making, historic iron-making complex, flea market and much more.

Tuesday, Oct. 15


The Exeter Community Library’s Fall Book and Bake Sale will be held at the Dunn Community Center located at 4565 Prestwick Drive, next to the library. The event will be held beginning from 4 to 8 p.m. for members of FRIENDS of the Exeter Community Library. The sale will continue for the general public on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 and 18, noon to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16


Emily’s Restaurant, 3790 Morgantown Road, Mohnton, will be hosting the first “Dine for Sight” evening on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to benefit the Berks County Association for the Blind.

Twenty percent of the dinner receipts will be donated to the Blind Association to support their programs and services. Dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the Blind Association at 610-375-8407.

Saturday, Oct. 19


A Chicken Bar-B-Q lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals include chicken, baked potato, applesauce and a roll.

The Exeter Community Library’s Fall Book and Bake Sale will conclude with fill a bag with books from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for only $5 per bag. The event is held at the Dunn Community Center located at 4565 Prestwick Drive, next to the library. All proceeds will benefit the library. This event is held thanks to the Friends of the Exeter Community Library. To find out how to become a “Friend” visit our website under “Support Us”:


There will be a Chicken BBQ for Fire Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the VFW Post 411 in Birdsboro. Each Bake Cost is $8.00 includes half chicken, potato, corn, pepper cabbage, roll and butter. eat there or take out

Sunday, Oct. 20


Each year the Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. celebrates the arrival of fall with an exciting living history event! This year’s program features eighteenth century beer brewing demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a craft fair featuring local hand-made items. Visitors can enjoy a variety of eighteenth century demonstrations, trades, and hands-on activities, including quill pen writing, candle dipping, blacksmithing, horn making, hearth cooking, sawmill operation, and much more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Call 610-582-4900 for additional information.

Monday, Oct. 21


As part of Albright College’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, they will screen the 2012 film “No.” at 7 p.m. In the Klein Lecture Hall. “No.” is about an ad executive who devises a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.

Tuesday, Oct. 22


St. Joseph Regional Health Network, 2500 Bernville Road, Reading, will host a free public flu clinic from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Bern Campus lobby. Reservations are not required.

Wednesday, Oct. 23


The sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group (Sudden Unexpected Death of a Spouse or significant other) will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading. An informal group that meets monthly to help those that grieve the death of a spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free.

For any additional questions, contact

Saturday, Oct. 26


From 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro, will offer an exciting and thrilling Halloween-themed, guided, walking tour of the historic area, Bertolet Log House, and Boone House. You never know what you might encounter along the way – colonial highwaymen looking for a prisoner, a witches’ lair, and maybe even Dracula or Frankenstein. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see the Homestead “after hours” and witness all its creepy happenings as night falls.

Sunday, Oct. 27


The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County will host WEEU personality Charlie Adams, telling his legendary ghost stories at the historic White Horse Inn at Morlatton Village in Douglassville, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5:13 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit or call 610-385-4762.


From noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 27, children and adults alike will delight in our 4th annual trick-or-treating event. Costumed children can visit the historic buildings and receive a fun treat, have their face painted, and pick and decorate their own pumpkin. They can also play with colonial toys and games, listen to scary stories, and help a scarecrow stuff his friend. Volunteers will offer blacksmithing and textile processing demonstrations throughout the afternoon and the Boone House and Bertolet Log House will be open for tours. Children (and adults) are encouraged to wear a costume and bring a bag or basket for treats!

Combination tickets available for Haunted Homestead Tour – free adult admission to Halloween at the Homestead on Sunday, Oct. 27 with Haunted Homestead Tour ticket (must bring at least one child to Halloween at the Homestead to receive free admission). Light refreshments provided. Please no pets and no smoking. The program is run by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead.

Wednesday, October 30


St. Joseph Regional Health Network will be offering the Helene Kosakowski Annual Breast Cancer Screening for uninsured women from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Downtown Reading Campus.

Reservations are required. Please call 610-378-2602.


The Exeter Community Library is hosting a Family Literacy Night at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to children 4 to 7-years-old with a parent or guardian. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Children and their parents will spend the evening participating in various activities that focus on early literacy skills that include arts and crafts, math, science, and reading. They will also have the opportunity to play games, win door prizes and meet and have their picture taken with “Pig”. The well known character featured in Laura Joffe Numeroff’s stories, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Pig a Party. Please call at 610-406-9431 or stop by the library by Friday, Oct. 25 to register.



Continuing into October, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for apple picking. Entrance to the park is free.

Visit The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson to select and pick your own apples from over 30 historic and modern varieties grown in Hopewell’s orchard. Availability of varieties depends on the success of our growing season.

The Greater Reading Encore Chorale. Singers over age 55 invited to join. Meets Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington. No auditions. Just need to be over age 55. For more information, call David Rutt at 610-921-2667 or just show up.

Amity Chess Club meets every Friday from 7 - 10 p.m. in the main church building at St. Paul’s UCC Church, Douglassville. For all ages and skill levels.

For additional information visit or call 610-580-7405.



Berks County Association for the Blind needs volunteer drivers to take clients to special programs and events. You can sign up for as many days as you want to. Your help is needed as the Blind Association continues to enrich the lives of the visually impaired in Berks County. Contact Lori Schermerhorn at 610-375-6467, ext. 12.


Hope UMC is inviting everyone to the last Friday of each month for Prayer Time 7 to 8 p.m. This is an open invitation for anyone to come and join in for a casual and relaxing time of spontaneous prayers.

A time to pray together or by ourselves for all kinds of prayers, some of which may be for ourselves, friends, family, our community, our church, our schools, and current world events. There is no format for the prayer services as each service is lead by the Holy Spirit. The church is at 117 North Monocacy Creek Rd., Douglassville.

For more information, call 610-385-7141 or e-mail

Shillington Lions 38th Annual Flea Market is held the 2nd Saturday of each month, through October from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School lots located on Elkins Avenue, 4 blocks behind the Shillington Shopping Center. For information or to register a table email or call 610-777-4835.


Wanna be a Derby Girl? Reading Derby Girls are looking for “fresh meat” to join the all girls flat track roller derby team. If you can already skate, great, if not, we’ll teach you. We practice at Skateaway, 2275 Lancaster Ave., Shillington. We recommend a mouth guard.

You can borrow skates and pads from the team if you don’t have your own. Reading Derby Girls’ Wednesday “Fresh Meat” practices 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.



It takes all kinds of people in the community to make a successful foundation. The BLAZER FOUNDATION is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference to the students of the Daniel Boone School District.

The Blazer Foundation’s purpose is to enhance the education and development of the youth of the Daniel Boone School District through supporting creative and innovative programs, and developing and sustaining community and business partnerships.

If you would like to be a part of building a community invested in the awesome youth in the Daniel Boone School District, please consider joining the team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals of the Blazer Foundation. Here are some areas that we need help:

General Foundation Support—data entry, mailings, flyers; Public Relations / Marketing Projects / Social Media; Special Events / Special Projects / Photography For Events Grant Writing / Teacher Grants; Student Program Development; Website Design / IT Assistance / Website Maintenance / Graphic Design; Alumni Development and Events.

Those interested in working to help us meet our goals, please email Stephanie Conlon, Executive Director, at with your information.


Use your Boone Area Library card to check out the Home Energy Audit Kit. Plug appliances into the Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor and it will tell you how efficient they are. The Kill-A-Watt LCD display measures consumption by the kilowatt-hour, just like the elective company. Reduce your electric bill.

The Home Energy Audit Kit has a one-week lending period. The Boone Area Library is located at 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro.